Meet the Author:
Laura received her MFA in writing for children from the New School. She loves books, dogs, and bubble baths—okay, and quite a few people too. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Girl Out of Water
Genre: Young Adult
Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.
Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.
Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman was different than I thought it would be.
I personally thought Anise was immature, whiney and self-centered. Throughout most of the book she did nothing else than whine about being dragged across the country to be with relatives, missing her friends, surfing and the ocean. And shockingly enough I realized that’s exactly how teenagers are.
Anise was exactly how an almost 18year old would react, when she was asked to pack and spend her summer in Nebraska of all places. She missed her friends, all the surfing she would be doing, and a crush that could have been more. On top of that, Anise had a mother that was never around. She literally flitted in and out of Anise’s life and brought emotional upheaval with her every single time she visited.
Unfortunately knowing all the circumstances AND knowing that Anise was still young and showing typical teenage behavior I did NOT like her. I couldn’t connect with her, and she got on my nerves more often than not.
Lincoln was the very opposite of Anise. He was used to traveling, moving, and living in a new city every year. Lincoln was friendly, outgoing and extrovert, and used to making friends on the fly. Anise was happy staying in California and the group of friends she had since she was young. She wanted stability, he craved the world.
It was an interesting take using Lincoln as a catalyst for Anise’s summer of finding herself.
I thought the author did a great job writing a very well plotted and executed novel. I have to give her kudos for writing a very well thought through book that came full circle in the end.
Anise’s summer was all about growing up, letting go, opening up and finding acceptance.
Even though it wasn’t my kind of book, it felt authentic and real.
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.